Sex, love and marriage are up for grabs when the women of Anyone Whose Heart’s Been Had attempt to take control of their destiny -- for better or worse -- and end up as dinner guests at the legendary Valerie Hotel one fateful evening.
“What does getting married have to offer you that you haven’t already got?” famed feminist Muffy Griggslet Hart challenges the other guests at power-table thirty-four in this multi-generational, love story set in the politically-correct nineties. Ted Randler’s novel is a dark comedy of fifteen disparate characters whose lives intersect when Muffy is invited to speak in Richmond, Virginia.
Through the messy-but-necessary romantic intrigues, wherein everyone gets what they want and nobody wants what they get, the Claremont family is rattled when their “disturbed” matriarch Peggy -- inspired by the Marriage Abolitionist’s appearance on The Phil Donahue Show -- decides to liberate herself from her “disposed-of” life.
Retta, her romance-junkie of daughter is recruited by Peggy’s stoic husband Hunter to rectify matters only to have their lives spin out of control when Retta arrives with the lusty and exotic Rusty Alchopt.
A Glamour Chef, a Punk-rock visionary, body builders, an overbearing boss, a lovelorn lesbian, and passion pit stops by college boys complicate matters of the heart as Retta, her best friend -- and self-describe sensualist --Miriam and Retta’s millionaire cousin, Baby bear witness to Peggy’s emancipation.